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Gerald K. Insley

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – Gerald Keith Insley, 78, of Rock Falls, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1985, then worked as a custodian at East Coloma Grade School for 8 years.

He was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Rock Falls, the son of Harry and Dorothy (Hendrix) Insley. He married Marilyn Hall, and they had two children, Victoria and Charles. He later married Sue Bartlebaugh on June 2, 1967, and they had two children, Michelle and Mike.

Gerald was a member of First Christian Church in Rock Falls, where he served as a deacon and past Sunday school superintendent. He was a member of the Rock Falls Lions Club until its closure. In his younger years, he played baseball and bowled. He also coached in the Babe Ruth league from 1959 to 1960, and then coached the Little League Pirates from 1961 to 1973. 

Gerald was a dedicated fan of Rock Falls High School sports, the Rockets, especially basketball. He was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. 

He is survived by his wife, Sue; two daughters, Victoria Insley and Michelle Hanson, both of Rock Falls; two sons, Charles (Lynda) Insley of Seven Mile, Ohio, and Mike (Kathy) Insley of Rock Falls; eight grandchildren, Brian (Robin) Insley, Angie Insley, Cari Kostman, Danny Insley, Bobby Insley, Kyler Hanson, Jessica Insley and Jasmine Insley; eight great-grandchildren, Alica, Brianna and Hailee Insley, Matthew, Nicholette and Erica Alex, and Kallie Insley and Kendra Insley; and his brother, Gene (Vickie) Insley of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Judith Mae Insley and Lavonne Sue Hippert.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, with the Revs. Richard Morris, pastor, and David Beebe officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Rock Falls and the Rock Falls High School Athletic Boosters.

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